Championship teams are built over a number of years. The offseason is the time to make the most changes. The New York Mets have been active in the winter months often in the last five years. The results have been much different.
Going back as far as the winter before the 2019 season, or BP as fans should probably call it (Before Pete), this is how each of those winters have looked. Although we don’t yet know how the 2022-2023 offseason will turn out, it deserves a spot to contend.
Which of the last offseasons was the best and which was the absolute worst?
5) 2019-2020 NY Mets offseason
Pandemic or not, the 2019-2020 offseason was pretty miserable. The additions the team made were some of the worst in recent memory. This was also the winter when the Houston Astros were exposed and the Mets let go of Carlos Beltran as the skipper before managing a game.
Although the silver-lining was that it was the last offseason under the Wilpon regime, fans had to suffer through a shortened 60-game schedule that felt much longer than it actually was.
The Mets made three notable additions in the offseason. Pitchers Rick Porcello, Michael Wacha, and Dellin Betances were all signed. Fortunately, the former two were only one-year deals.
Porcello never pitched in MLB again, only retiring after the 2022 season. Wacha was another risk the Mets shouldn’t have been willing to take with his obvious decline prior to reaching free agency. Then there’s Betances whose injuries with the New York Yankees sent off warning flares ignored by Brodie Van Wagenen.
The 2019-2020 Mets offseason was easily the worst of the last five.